Senate Closes Doors in Protest of Government's Handling of Jalrez Clash

Senators during Sunday’s session decided to shut the House till Wednesday in protest against what they called government’s negligence to the Jalrez carnage.

Expressing strong criticism against security officials, the Meshrano Jirga (Upper House of Parliament) members blamed the deadly Jalrez battle on government’s carelessness.

“Today we decided to close Senate’s doors till Wednesday because of the Jalrez incident and other similar incidents,” Chairman of Senate Fazl Hadi Muslimyar said.

Meanwhile in the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament), the lawmakers accused the interior minister and provincial security officials in Maidan Wardak of neglecting the Jalrez killings.

Nearly 30 Afghan Local Police (ALP) force members were killed with their bodies allegedly desecrated after a number of insurgents stormed Jalrez district in Maidan Wardak last Thursday and seized all nine police checkpoints of the district.

“Negligence of the senior government officials and the interior minister are not acceptable to the representatives in the House,” MP Abdul Qayoum Sajjadi said. “We want an immediate resignation by these officials.”

He demanded the government to bring the Wardak Police Chief and other local officials responsible for Jalrez carnage to justice.

President Ashraf Ghani has however assigned a high-level government team to investigate the Jalrez incident.

In addition, he called the desecration of the corpses of soldiers a “war crime.”

However, the families and relatives of the victims claimed in a gathering on Sunday that the Jalrez battle was a conspiracy against the residents of the province.

“Today I understood that there is no one to defend us,” Mustafa a slain soldier’s cousin said.

Meanwhile, officials at the ministries of defense and interior affairs promised to hold accountable the officials responsible for Jalrez killings.

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